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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

NLM FY 2015 Grants Funding Plan


The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. For more about the Library’s mission and organization, see

NLM’s Extramural Programs Division provides grants to support basic and applied research in biomedical informatics, health information sciences, bioinformatics and public health informatics, as well as for research training in these areas. Applied Informatics resource grants assist in improving information access and services for health professionals and the public. Support is also available for scholarly works on biomedical topics.

Budget Data FY 2015

Current Appropriation: FY 2015 appropriations were enacted in the Consolidated Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L. 113-235), signed by President Obama on December 16, 2014.  In accordance with NIH fiscal policy for FY 2015, outlined in, NLM will issue non-competing research grant awards in a range between the commitment level and 3% below that level. Out year commitments will be unchanged.  Adjustments will be made to any FY 2015 non-competing awards that were issued at 90% of the commitment to restore funds. The number of competing awards will likely match or exceed the number issued in FY 2014.  NLM will implement a 2% stipend increase on average for its trainees, following the guidelines for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) announced in

Funding Strategy: NLM supports as many meritorious competing grant applications as possible, across the array of grant programs it offers. General funding guidelines are established each year based on appropriated funds available. Final award decisions reflect considerations of program relevance, portfolio balance, recommendations of the NLM Board of Regents, and availability of funds. In keeping with NIH policy, budgets for awarded grants may receive programmatic or administrative adjustments. These adjustments take into consideration the overall scientific and technical merit of the grant application as well as the appropriateness of the requested budget. Although NLM’s training authority is not part of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs, stipends and other details of NLM’s training programs are modeled upon NRSA.

Salary limits: Section 203 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act prohibits payments for salaries under grants and other extramural mechanisms to rates in excess of Executive Level II, which is $183,300 effective January 11, 2015. See for details. Legislative Mandates in effect for FY 2015 will be issued in a separate notice to be released in January 2015.  

Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the primary basis for award decisions on all grant types, along with innovation and potential impact. Generally, speaking, for experienced investigators, applications with Impact scores 30 or better are the most likely to be funded. For Early Stage Investigators and New Investigators seeking their first R01 research grant, applications with Impact scores of 35 or better will be considered for funding. For K01 applications, K99/R00 applications, those with Impact scores of 33 or better will be considered for funding. For F30/F31 NRSA Fellowship applications, those with Impact Scores of 30 or better will be considered for funding. Fundable ranges may be set for other specific grant types at a later date. All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds. NLM attempts to support early stage and new investigators on R01 equivalent grants at rates comparable to those of established investigators submitting new applications, per NIH policies  outlined in